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    Best air rifle for gophers?


    I have gophers/chipmunks that are driving me crazy digging up my yard. I know zero about guns and less about air rifles, but I want to shoot the bastards.

    Best air rifle for this under about $200?

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    Re: Best air rifle for gophers?

    Umarex ruger, they are loud though, not. 22lr loud but loud enough you might have neighbor problems. Also check all state and local laws obviously.

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    Re: Best air rifle for gophers?

    Gophers for $200? Hmm. Not that I've ever shot a gopher but you def want something strong enough for an ethical kill and the energy needed for gophers ranks a lot higher than squirrels n shit... Prob something in the 600-1000fps territory is my guess?

    If I remember correctly, www.pyramydair.com had some good educational material on the subject. Or maybe it was www.airgundepot.com. Either one should have good resources.

    Does Taunton allow it?

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    EDIT: I just found an old coupon in my email for 10% off at pyramid air that still checks out: GRATEFUL-17

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    Re: Best air rifle for gophers?

    Quote Originally Posted by Degsy View Post
    I have gophers/chipmunks that are driving me crazy digging up my yard. I know zero about guns and less about air rifles, but I want to shoot the bastards.

    Best air rifle for this under about $200?
    Gamo Big Cat or similar, around $150. They’ll smoke a ground hog. They are very loud, as previously mentioned, but quite accurate and effective. (Also super fun)

    Check out air gun depot.

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    https://www.cheaperthandirt.com/22-lr/firearms/rifles/

    Take a peek.

    **Edit..left hand side..set the price. Oh and BTW...get the pink one. ;-)

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    Re: Best air rifle for gophers?

    Quote Originally Posted by yucatan View Post
    Knowing Degsy he's going to say "I said Air rifles, not rifles."

    He's got plenty of friends he could call if a rifle were an option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OreoGaborio View Post
    Knowing Degsy he's going to say "I said Air rifles, not rifles."
    Yikes...missed that. ;-) Disregard!!!

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    Re: Best air rifle for gophers?

    Quote Originally Posted by OreoGaborio View Post
    Knowing Degsy he's going to say "I said Air rifles, not rifles."
    With what lol?

    That's why I recommended the ruger, 1200 - 1400 fps depending on 177 or 22, break that you want and under 200$
    (oh shit nice ninja edit Pete, didn't even know admins could do that)

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    Re: Best air rifle for gophers?

    Quote Originally Posted by Not Sure View Post
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    If you kill all the gophers, they'll lock us up and throw away the key.

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    Want to borrow one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by G21forme View Post
    (oh shit nice ninja edit Pete, didn't even know admins could do that)
    Do what? All I did was edit my post.

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    Re: Best air rifle for gophers?

    Quote Originally Posted by OreoGaborio View Post
    Knowing Degsy he's going to say "I said Air rifles, not rifles."

    He's got plenty of friends he could call if a rifle were an option.
    like a pink left handed .22


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    Quote Originally Posted by RandyO View Post
    like a pink left handed .22

    "So hot right now.."

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    Re: Best air rifle for gophers?

    Two years ago I took out 4 of 5 of ground hogs with a .22. Last one took 2 shots to finish it off. I couldn’t believe how many we had. One of them scrambled across our deck last week so I’m on the look out again. They had holes everywhere around the house to retreat to until there demise.

    Now we have skunks. Took 2 of them out last year. Took a shot at one 2 weeks ago but missed then just this past week it came out again but had 7 little ones following it across the lawn. Not sure what I’m gonna do about it now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tas View Post
    Now we have skunks. Took 2 of them out last year. Took a shot at one 2 weeks ago but missed then just this past week it came out again but had 7 little ones following it across the lawn. Not sure what I’m gonna do about it now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OreoGaborio View Post
    Do what? All I did was edit my post.
    OH my bad thought a bunch of stuff got lost in the thread.

    Anyway depending on what degs is planning it's probably illegal somehow someway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by G21forme View Post
    OH my bad thought a bunch of stuff got lost in the thread.
    Newp. It did seem like you were responding to what I originally said when I was joking about the X95, but yeh, all I did was edit my own post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OreoGaborio View Post
    Newp. It did seem like you were responding to what I originally said when I was joking about the X95, but yeh, all I did was edit my own post.
    Gotcha, anyway degs ruger is solid, stay away from co2 1,000 fps will kill what you need. That being said I'm 99% ruger doesn't make them but they license and warranty the umarex. Just saying

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    Quote Originally Posted by OreoGaborio View Post
    Gophers for $200? Hmm. Not that I've ever shot a gopher but you def want something strong enough for an ethical kill and the energy needed for gophers ranks a lot higher than squirrels n shit... Prob something in the 600-1000fps territory is my guess?

    If I remember correctly, www.pyramydair.com had some good educational material on the subject. Or maybe it was www.airgundepot.com. Either one should have good resources.

    Does Taunton allow it?

    EDIT: Yeah, I found this with some quick googling



    EDIT: I just found an old coupon in my email for 10% off at pyramid air that still checks out: GRATEFUL-17

    It's too bad my crossman pistol doesn't have enough energy, cuz the thing is really quiet and it's a fucking TACK DRIVER. I can hit a plastic bottle cap at 100 feet without the neighbors hearing a thing.
    .177 at 700 fps will provide the energy needed at 12 fpe or so, especially putting one in his head (i.e. $40 Crosman 760, and its quiet..)

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    Re: Best air rifle for gophers?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tas View Post
    Two years ago I took out 4 of 5 of ground hogs with a .22. Last one took 2 shots to finish it off. I couldn’t believe how many we had. One of them scrambled across our deck last week so I’m on the look out again. They had holes everywhere around the house to retreat to until there demise.

    Now we have skunks. Took 2 of them out last year. Took a shot at one 2 weeks ago but missed then just this past week it came out again but had 7 little ones following it across the lawn. Not sure what I’m gonna do about it now.
    I know gophers and it's relatives can make a mess out of a lawn. But why bother with the skunks or ground hogs? Let 'em do their thing. And as you can see by the 7 mini skunks, there's no population shortage anyway. Fighting the tide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aldend123 View Post
    I know gophers and it's relatives can make a mess out of a lawn. But why bother with the skunks or ground hogs? Let 'em do their thing. And as you can see by the 7 mini skunks, there's no population shortage anyway. Fighting the tide.
    Skunks and ground hogs can do a number on lawns too.

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    Chipmunks? Fuck wasting time shooting. You need a murder bucket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aldend123 View Post
    I know gophers and it's relatives can make a mess out of a lawn. But why bother with the skunks or ground hogs? Let 'em do their thing. And as you can see by the 7 mini skunks, there's no population shortage anyway. Fighting the tide.
    A group of skunks is called a surfeit. So he’s got that goin’ for him.

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    I just came here to say two things:
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